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Google’s DeepMind acquisition might be about search, not robots


Having just wrapped up a robot shopping spree, youd be forgiven for thinking that Google might want to give those robots some brains. However, that might not be the primary goal of the companys purchase of AI company DeepMind Technologies yesterday. According to Re/code, which first broke the news of the acqusition, the new talent will actually be reporting to Google search guru Jeff Dean, not the companys robot boss Andy Rubin. Moreover, the publication reports that at least two of DeepMinds former projects might have been up that alley: a smarter recommendation system for online commerce, and something to do with images. Jeff Dean was recently seen training a 16,000 core neural network how to recognize cats on YouTube. According to The Information, DeepMind required that Google create a joint Google / DeepMind ethics board as a condition of the deal, which would create rules for what Google could do with the technology. If true that DeepMind talent will focus on search, it paints that idea in a different light.

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